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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Once again there are new developments in the story WWAY broke last week involving a Raleigh couple and two Highway Patrol troopers from New Hanover County.

We have obtained text messages the troopers sent to each another and an exclusive interview with a man who was inside the Wrightsville Beach Police Department when it all went down.

Matthew Ragone admits he blew twice the legal limit for blood alcohol two weeks ago at the Wrightsville Beach Police Department. But Ragone says he clearly remembers that night and remembers the interaction between Gina and Hoyt Tessener and the trooper who thought Gina was under the influence.

“I remember pretty much everything from that night,” Ragone said in an exclusive interview with WWAY NewsChannel 3. “It’s definitly etched in my mind.”

Ragone witnessed first-hand the interaction between the Tesseners and Tpr. Edward Wyrick Jr. on the night Wyrick accused Gina of drinking and driving.

Ragone is seen in the Wrightsville Beach Police Department video watching the incident play out in front of him in the police station’s holding area.

“Everything seemed, you know, fairly calm and what not, but as soon as the husband showed up, things got a little heated,” Ragone said.

Ragone says it was Hoyt Tessener’s actions inside the holding area that got him to really focus on the Tesseners and Tpr. Wyrick.

“He showed up, and the officer had actually greeted him outside and then came in and had mentioned that he wasn’t very happy,” Ragone said. “At that point they allowed (Hoyt Tessener) into the holding area, and he just went pretty ballistic. She actually stayed pretty calm the entire time, but he definitely got loud and was pretty upset by the whole thing, which I guess was understandable, but it got pretty crazy.”

Ragone gives Wyrick credit, saying the trooper stayed calm the entire time. Ragone also says he didn’t notice the trooper trying to intimidate the Tesseners like they claim.

“The officer himself kept his cool pretty well, asked the man multiple times to please calm down, that they were just waiting on the magistrate. That he couldn’t personally release her,” Ragone said.

Besides the intimidation claims, the Tesseners also claimed Wyrick set Hoyt up by texting Tpr. Andrew Smith, who later pulled Hoyt over while Hoyt followed his wife and Wyrick, who were headed for the New Hanover County Jail.

Text messages released Tuesday by the Highway Patrol show that the troopers sent a total of four messages.

Wyrick texted, “This woman refused all roadside testing, and blew .00. Her husband is a trial lawyer and told me I should be ashamed of myself.”

Tpr. Smith texted back: “hahahaha f*** her and f*** him. She say how much she’d had to drink?”

Wyrick texts, “She said 1 drink at 7pm.”

Smith then replys: “f*** her”

The Highway Patrol also released Tuesday mobile data messages from the two troopers. Three messages were sent after Tpr. Smith pulled over Hoyt Tessener for speeding.

“Tell him if he wants to cop an attitude to feel free and come back and ill stroke him that speed,” Smith wrote.

Wyrick replied, “How fast,” and Smith answered back, “58,” refering to 58 miles per hour in a 45 miles per hour zone.

The Highway Patrol says the internal investigation continues into Wyrick and Smith. Both men are on administrative duty for the time being. The Highway Patrol expects to wrap up the investigation soon.

We called Hoyt Tessener today for comment about the latest information we’ve uncovered, but have not heard back from him.

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74 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Witness talks about Tesseners & trooper, plus profane texts between troopers"

2015 years 8 months ago

I’ve never seen or heard of a LEO giving him or herself a ticket!!

2015 years 8 months ago

Although you have some valid points regarding the attorneys demeanor. The NCHP is required to uphold a certain standard of professionalism. Their recent exposure in the news regarding “professionalism” has already induced great damage to their reputation. We’re not talking about seven dollar rent-a-cops here.

I can’t help how flaming of an a**hole Tessner was, the troopers were in control and are fully trained on how to deal with people like him. I cannot (and would not) address anyone vocally, by text, by email or any other form of communication in such a manner. It is very rude, disgusting, very unprofessional and displays a severe lack of command with the English language. In my business and in my capacity, I would expect to be fired on the spot for the use of that verb.

You may be totally correct that the “F” word is as common as 10-4, but I doubt it as radio communications go out to all LEO’s and dispatchers. You never know these days though, almost anything is supposed to be acceptable without ruffling feathers. I’m actually beginning to wonder when rape and pedophilia will become acceptable behavior that people just need to “get over”.

2015 years 8 months ago

…granted. The trooper had a perfectly good reason to take her down to the station and make her take a breathalyzer. He even had a good reason to make her take it twice.

But after that? Keeping her in a drunk tank for blowing a 0.0? Taking her before a Magistrate for blowing a 0.0? Letting his friend, another Trooper to whom he complained pull over her husband, whom he knew to be following his police vehicle to the Magistrate…for blowing a 0.0?

This isn’t about good behavior, respect, or even right and wrong. When we give people badges and guns, we expect them to be the bigger men. These Troopers failed us big time.

2015 years 8 months ago

Caroline, I can’t disagree with your statement that there’s plenty of blame to go around…. but the bucket of “blame” to be carried by the troopers is much heavier than what should be carried by the Tesseners.

If these texts are authentic, it shows that Tpr. Wyrick was untruthful.

My wife or daughter could have been abusively detained by this man, the same as Sen. Goolsby’s wife or daughter too.

Smith and Wyrick need to be dismissed from duty. Since Smith used this “turn of phrase” first, here’s my wish for him: “f….. you too”.

Neither of these men have the judgment or maturity to be on their own on our highways enforcing any law.

2015 years 8 months ago

Common, a good rant on your behalf defending a cop saying a bad word. Why haven’t you addressed the fact that both troopers lied about not corresponding with each other.

Here’s my wish for you: you should never have to experience a loved one’s being wrongfully detained by a MISCREANT.


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